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AECOM Principal Consultant - Development Transport Planning in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

Job Description

AECOM is currently looking to recruit a Principal Transport Planner to join our Development Planning team in Newcastle. We are looking to enhance and grow our teams with individuals with a strong technical background that share our enthusiasm and determination to support our varied workload.

Our Development teams work with private and public sector clients, architects, planners and other property professionals across all sectors throughout the development life cycle; providing services from site feasibility through to completion. This role therefore offers the opportunity to work with colleagues from different offices, as well as teams from various professions, on a diverse and interesting range of projects.

Typically, we undertake transport-related work in support of our clients’ planning application submissions, including documents such as Transport Assessments/ Statements, Travel Plans, Delivery and Servicing Plans, Construction Traffic Management Plans and Preliminary Design work as well as assisting them in site masterplan development. Our projects cover a full range of land uses including mixed use developments, residential, commercial, education and energy schemes.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a proven background in development related transport analysis and assessment, with wider experience in project management and supervisory skills. We would expect excellent written and oral communication skills which we would continue to develop, as well as experience in client fronting and negotiation with highway authorities. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about working on a range of projects which support development at various stages of its life.

Job responsibilities:

  • Providing support to Directors on technical, managerial and financial matters;

  • Taking a leading role in the delivery of Transport Assessments, Transport Statements, Travel Plans, Masterplans and other technical reports to support development or transport strategies for local authority clients;

  • Supervising work carried out by other members of the Development Planning team, ensuring that it is to the appropriate technical standard and is delivered to programme and budget;

  • Support the team leader in managing and mentoring junior staff in terms of their professional and vocational development;

  • Preparing fee proposals for new projects and working with the Team Leader and Project Management Assistant to ensure projects are delivered to budget and that KPIs are met;

  • Being a point of contact for clients, architects, planners and other professionals throughout the project; and

  • Representing the client and AECOM at meetings, and in negotiations with, Local Authorities and other regulatory bodies.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A proven record of dealing with clients, local authorities and other regulatory bodies;

  • Experience of understanding client briefs, developing fee proposals and the effective delivery of project work;

  • Good presentation and technical writing skills are required, and an ability to communicate and present confidently including in public forums.

  • Experience in the preparation of development-related Transport Assessments, Travel Plans, Environmental Statement chapters and other technical documents;

  • Experience in technical design and masterplanning, including provision of advice to architects and other parts of the project team, including application of Manual for Streets and DMRB;

  • Extensive experience of industry standard junction capacity assessment applications such as Junctions 9/10 and LINSIG;

  • Have experience of business development and managing client expectations.

  • An ability to demonstrate proven management techniques including project and resource management as well as the mentoring of junior staff.


  • A degree in an analytical subject such as engineering, geography, mathematics, economics or similar.

  • Membership of a relevant professional institution (CIHT, CILT, IHE, TPS, ICE).

  • A Masters degree in a relevant subject is desirable but is not essential

Additional Information

The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects. It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10077343

Business Line: Transportation

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Planning

Work Location Model: Hybrid